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Health Psychology, MS

USciences takes you deep inside the questions at the hub of health psychology: how does physical health affect state of mind? In what ways do thoughts and behaviors influence mental and physical wellness?

Select from a thesis-option—with rigorous courses based in applied experimental psychology— preparing you to pursue your doctoral degree.  Or a non-thesis track, where you will thrive in health-related research and be prepared for clinical research coordination, health communications, medical school, public health programs, or additional graduate study with a clinical focus.

Courses cost $1,000 per credit and the program is typically completed in a year and a half.

What Sets Us Apart?

  1. USciences is one of the only master’s programs in the country with a curriculum focused specifically on health psychology.
  2. You’ll receive one-on-one mentorship from a specific faculty member and work alongside your mentor in the research lab to gain additional experience.
  3. Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  4. Breadth and depth of our coursework including: neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, research methodology and management, evidence based practice, and behavior change.
  5. A 15-credit graduate certificate in health education and communication to put you a step above your peers.

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    March 03, 2020

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    December 20, 2019

    It's known that children with autism often have difficulties with communication and there are interventions to help with speech and language, but where the research is lacking is in how to improve nonverbal communication skills, according to Ashley de Marchena, PhD, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, and director of the UScience's "InterAction Lab".

  • Pre-Health Students Put in the Hot Seat During Mock Interviews
    Pre-Health Students Put in the Hot Seat During Mock Interviews

    December 13, 2019

    For students who want to want to attend medical school or a professional program after obtaining a bachelor's degree, there's one big component to getting accepted aside from good grades and on-campus involvement: the interview. To help make it less elusive and ensure readiness, Grace Farber, PhD, pre-health director and Judy Chen, MEd, coordinator of pre-health advising recruited the help of faculty and staff for the program's first mock interview day.

  • Anthropology Professor Researches Gender and Health During Sabbatical in Oaxaca, Mexico
    Anthropology Professor Researches Gender and Health During Sabbatical in Oaxaca, Mexico

    November 19, 2019

    Michelle Ramirez PhD, MPH, associate professor of anthropology, recently took a sabbatical to further her research of gender, sexuality, and health in Oaxaca, Mexico.

  • Cohen Lecture 2019: Climate Change Offers an Opportunity for Public Health Advances
    Cohen Lecture 2019: Climate Change Offers an Opportunity for Public Health Advances

    October 29, 2019

    For global climate expert Jonathan Patz MD, MPH, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Global Health Institute, the challenges posed by climate change, pose an incredible opportunity to impact public health.

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